On This Day

Musicians Who Died on November 4

  • 1702 Thomas Eisenhut, German composer, dies at 58

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1847 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), dies at 38, after a series of strokes

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1853 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, dies at 27
  • 1890 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, dies at 46
  • 1898 (Charles) Jerome Hopkins, American composer, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 62
  • 1924 Gabriel Urbain Fauré, French organist, composer (Requiem; Ballade), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1905-20), dies at 79
  • 1931 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, dies
  • 1935 Miklos Radnai, composer, dies at 43
  • 1937 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1953 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, dies at 89
  • 1957 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • 1969 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), dies at 66
  • 1986 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), dies at 86
  • 1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5), dies at 46
  • 1995 Marti Caine [Lynne Stringer], British comedienne, singer and television host, dies of lymphatic cancer at 50
  • 2005 Sheree North, American actress and singer (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), dies at 88
  • 2005 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), dies at 76
  • 2010 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • 2012 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2016 Eddie Harsch [Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog; The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), dies at 59
  • 2020 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), dies at 75